The well-known ridesharing companies, Uber and Lyft have been taking over the transportation industry. In the past several years, Uber and Lyft have quickly surpassed cab companies throughout most of the United States. People (especially students of the University of West Virginia) who download rideshare apps for their smart device can request and pay for rides essentially anytime, anywhere. With more and more rideshare cars on the road, the risk of being involved in a rideshare accident is relatively high.
If you are involved in a rideshare accident and are injured as a result, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income, and non-economic damages. The car accident lawyers at Colombo Law will help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. If your case ends up going to trial, our lawyers have the experience that is required to represent you in court.
Who pays my compensation for an Uber accident?
In many motor vehicle accidents, the at-fault driver is the party responsible for paying damages. If another vehicle hit the Uber that you were riding in, that vehicle is responsible for paying the damages you accrue as a result of the accident. On the other hand, if your driver caused the accident, there are many factors that are considered in assigning liability.
Every Uber driver is required to have auto insurance that aligns with the minimums assigned in West Virginia. If the driver causes an accident while they are on the clock, Uber’s limited commercial vehicle insurance policy would be responsible for paying for damages that are not covered by the driver’s insurance. This will only apply if the driver has a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Establishing liability is only the first step in the claims process. To make your claim successful, our experienced car accident attorneys will prove negligence, liability, and damages. Our lawyers will investigate your accident and work to show evidence that supports your claim. The evidence we gather may include:
- A police report of your accident
- Statements from eyewitnesses
- Medical records
- Testimonies from financial, medical and accident reconstruction experts
- Medical bills
- Proof of lost wages as a result of your accident
- 911 recordings
If the at-fault driver in your accident denies liability, or your claim is undervalued, we may suggest taking your case to trial. In this case, our experienced car accident lawyers will be there for you every step of the way. Contact us now.
Who pays my compensation in a Lyft accident?
Lyft drivers are employed as independent contractors however, they are insured by Lyft for up to 1 million dollars in liability. If you are involved in a Lyft accident, you may recover compensation for medical treatment, loss of earnings, as well as pain and suffering. If the 1 million dollars is not enough to cover the injuries you have sustained, you may pursue compensation from the at-fault driver’s insurance company as well.
Just like in an Uber accident, our personal injury lawyers will pursue compensation on your behalf in the form of:
- Past and future pain and suffering as a result of the accident
- Past and future medical bills
- Financial losses as a result of your injuries
- Punitive damages
- Lost wages
- Wrongful death
Contact Colombo Law for Legal Help
Pursuing compensation for damages in an Uber or Lyft accident in West Virginia can prove to be very difficult. Insurance companies rarely offer claimants what they deserve. They can often complicate the claims process if you do not have the assistance of an experienced West Virginia car accident attorney on your side. The car accident lawyers at Colombo Law have the experience that is necessary to navigate these complicated cases and get you the compensation you deserve. If you have been involved in an Uber or Lyft accident, contact us now.